GoN-IOM[Press Release] Labour sending Asian countries of the Colombo Process come together in Kathmandu
to discuss on Global Migration Compact

13 September 2017
Kathmandu -
A two-day meeting of labour sending countries in Asia began today in Kathmandu with the objective of developing a joint contribution to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) preparatory process.

Senior officials of the Colombo Process Member States (CP MSs), who are responsible for supporting their countries’ endeavours to protect and promote the rights of their labour migrants going abroad, enhance migration governance, and engage in the GCM process, are aiming to come up with a set of actionable recommendations as per the expert level meeting on 8 Sep and recommendations to address priority issues and challenges in the GCM. The discussions and recommendations will be based on the five thematic areas of the CP: Skills and qualification recognition processes of labour migrants; Fostering ethical recruitment; Effective pre-departure orientation and empowerment for migrant workers; Remittances; and, International labour market analysis.

The meeting is an opportunity for the CP MSs to provide the GCM with their collective experiences and effective practices to address migration challenges and opportunities and ensure that the regional perspective is reflected in the final outcome of the GCM process. The outcome of this meeting - the joint Colombo Process contribution to the GCM - will be shared at the regional United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) consultation in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as the submitted for consideration at the GCM stocktaking  meeting in Mexico. 

The Colombo Process is a Regional Consultative Process (RCP) on migration comprising 12 Asian labour sending countries, namely: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, and is currently chaired by Nepal. Six of CP Member States are among the top 11 remittance-receiving countries in the world. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) provides technical expertise to the Colombo Process.

The CP recognizes that the human rights and fundamental freedom of all migrant workers should be respected irrespective of their legal status, and the welfare, dignity and well-being of their families, in particular women and children, should be promoted and protected.

Inaugurating the meeting, Nepal State Minister for Labour and Employment Honourable Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary stated that “While we (CP MSs) discuss on our common position and recommendations to move ahead, we must not forget that the migrants from our countries immensely contribute to the development, prosperity and diversity of the transit and destination countries.” He went on to say “This is an opportune time for us as the CPMSs to strongly raise the common concerns of our migrants and suggest better options to address the issue which will also be beneficial for the transit and destination countries to better manage the migrants and in providing services to the migrants.”

The meeting is hosted by the Government of Nepal Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) and supported by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The GCM was announced during the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 as part of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. It aims to establish an international cooperation framework on migration and human mobility.  

The GCM is intended to be closely linked to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which includes key migration targets. It is expected to be finalized and adopted by UN Member States at an intergovernmental conference in late 2018. 

For further information please contact
Paul I. Norton at IOM Nepal, Tel. +977 1 4426250, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Govt. of Nepal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Tel +977 1 4211963, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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